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Wonder of Our Body, The

Published 1958

Functions of the human body explained with special emphasis on the senses of sight and hearing and the individual's responsibility to care for the house lived in.

This film was part of Wonder series, made by the Moody Institute of Science, shares some similiarities with the Mr. Wizard television series - kids come by and visit the neighborhood scientist who is happy to demonstrate some science experiments. The difference, of course, is the obligatory Moody tip of the hat to the Supreme Being.

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Production Company Moody Institute of Science
Audio/Visual sound, color


“Moody Institute of Science Educational Film Division Presents”
“The Wonder of Our Body”
“From the Wonder World Series”
Young man with apron fixing gadget while talking to middle-aged man in business suit.
Young man places gadget on countertop at back of room.
Two boys wearing caps walk open door and enter.
Young man gives gadget to middle-aged man as he receives money.
Older man leaves with gadget.
Young man holds baseball in hand as he talks to boys.
knobs turning on black gadget.
Young man and two boys engage in conversation.
Man discusses camera lens with boys.
Cut and zoom to a Snellen chart.
Letters on Snellen chart become blurry and then focused.
Man explains a topic to boys.
a diagram of the eye.
Man continues explaining camera feature.
CU of eye.
Pupillary constriction then dilation.
Man continues addressing the topic.
Man leads two boys into another room in shop.
Man opens window as boys stare out the window.
Four teenagers throwing baseball to each other in the lawn.
Man closes window.
Two boys look interested as the man continues explaining.
Hands playing piano in a fast pace.
Strings being struck by hammers, producing sound.
diagram of ear.
inner mechanism of piano.
Fingers press piano keys.
Reverberation of piano strings.
ear diagram.
pointer on eardrum, stapes, malleus, incus, stapes.
Bones in inner ear.
Baby sucking a bottle.
bones in inner ear.
Little boy sitting on the lap of a middle-aged man in suit.
Little bo pressing the head of the stethoscope to his ear.
Man continues to explain to boys as boys ask questions.
hand opening and closing to fist.
Machine pouring coffee from coffee pot to cup.
Machine lifts coffee cup and serves it to a lady.
Gloved hands pick up surgical scissors.
Painter adds white to a painting of woman.
liquid being poured on test tubes in rack.
Machines in factory.
Boy’s height being taken.
Bandage being cut out to reveal hand.
Man with construction hat eating sandwich.
Men shoveling coal into flaming heat.
Man skiing down mountain and admiring view while sweating.
white industrial machine.
Temperature over 250 degrees.
Scalpel cutting through muscles during operation.
Red blood cells going through blood vessels.
whole blood bottles.
Red Mobil Oil truck on the road.
Train passing through railroad tracks.
Man continues talking and explaining to two boys.
Boy in white asks man a question.
Man answers boy’s question.
Boy in striped shirt responds.
Boys bid farewell to man and leave.
Man continues working on black gadget while returning to previous room.
Man picks up baseball.
Man places sign on door “Back in one hour”.
“The End”


Reviewer: USABG58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2011
Subject: I Didn't Know That!
I didn't know exactly how hearing worked. Nice little documentary. And of course back in the day, 1958, there was no political correctness about seperating religion from educational documentaries.

With three and half billion years, evolution could produce the small ear bones and all the other wonder parts of our bodies. God or no God had to only stand back and watch the slow progress to the marvelous human and other bodies' evolution.
Reviewer: melanie3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2011
Subject: Effective Video
This made me think for just a moment the very same thing the boy in the video said, "I guess God went through a lot of trouble to make our bodies." Like taking a walk back in time and back to the basic truth that in Genesis, God not only declared His creation was "good" but when He made the human body, He said it was "VERY GOOD." The use of example was very balanced and I will show my three children this video.
Reviewer: Apeism is Stupid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2010
Subject: God Did It?
Of course, God did it! The human body is wonderfully made, and to give credit for its design to a mindless process called evolution/abiogenesis is insulting to anyone who has a mind.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2006
Subject: Godless body parts
This Moody film is alright I guess, but the host I¡¯m so used to is gone, replaced by a friendly neighborhood repairman, talking to the younger kids about all sorts of body parts, more specifically eyes and ears mostly, but they cover other parts briefly, like the beart, bones, and so on. And the reason for this? Of course, God! But unfortunately, Mr shopkeeper is not half as interesting as slimy suited dude, sorry
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2005
Subject: My body is a temple
Another in a series of religiously slanted science shorts from the 1950s, this time about the wonders of the human body. Again with its echoes of "intelligent design," this film runs down the various parts of the human body and how man can only make inferior copies of them. The emphasis, fairly early on, is about how God made these things.

While this is a curiousity with the religious aspect, it's a fairly standard science short wrapped around your friendly neighborhood fix-it shop owner. As such, it's neither mind bendingly bad, nor (un)intentionally funny... just sorta blah.
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